Looking for a housewarming gift?
- Start them out right with the New Homeowner’s Gift Kit, including the New Homeowner’s Handbook, a one-year subscription to Money magazine and a cute house keychain for those bright-and-shining new keys.
- What about a pair of fine champagne flutes, so the lucky couple can celebrate when you’ve gone and left them to enjoy their new home together?
- … or a journal or memory box, to preserve a precious record of this domestic adventure?
- Okay, this idea may not be terribly pretty or terribly romantic, but if you love someone and want to keep them safe in their new home… a smoke detector makes a truly thoughtful gift.DuPont makes self-charging smoke alarm, so no need to remember to change the batteries. It plugs right into any ceiling-mounted light fixture, and then you screw the lightbulb back in to a socket in the smoke detector, couldn’t be easier or more convenient.
…or a subscription to a luscious lifestyle magazine full of ideas for a beautiful home — browse at the local newsagent’s or bookstore, and you’ll find a glossy publication to suit any taste and price range.
- If she likes it hot, and he wants to sleep in a bracing-cold room, why not keep the peace by giving one of those electric blankets with dual controls: each can set the temperature to suit their own preferences, and keep harmony in the new home!
- Since the Pretty Useful Tools I adore are, sadly, not yet available in North American stores, you can always give Ms. Fix-It this 30-piece Tool kit — “man’s quality tools, made for a woman” (cough, cough!). Tough but pretty-in-purple, with the basic tools for doing those all-important DIY home repairs or just hanging pictures.
If you feel confident that you know the new homeowner’s sense of humor, a whimsical welcome mat for the mudroom floor is always welcome.
As an avid animal lover, I once received the great gift of a sturdy door mat that said “Please Wipe Your Paws” — and another one way much more elegant, all fascinating Celtic knots in rough brown coco fibre — both mats lasted for years of hard use…
- “Bless This Home” with a sweet Garden Angel figurine, or a traditional Pennsylvania-made Haus-Segan hex sign for indoor or outdoor display.
- Food! Moving into new home is an exciting experience, but it’s also just about as exhausting as giving birth to twins — so who wants to plan meals or cook? Bring on the home-cooked goodies to heat and serve!